Panel 2: In order to have the strength to “Cut” the clay 5 times, Meredith must stand up and put all her weight into it, enough so that it appears she has dislocated her left shoulder, which is rubbing up against her left ear. That’s tough clay.
Panel 3: 4 “Roll”s show up again, but this time with one of those child-safe rolling pins where the handles bend down under pressure. Meredith is concentrating so hard on this activity that she loses her eye, nostril and mouth, and her arms start stretching. That must be really tough clay.
Panel 4: A mixture of sounds this time with 3 “Press”s and 2 “Push”s. I guess the loss of body parts with the rolling pin disturbed Meredith after all, and she has gone to the open-eyed, two-fisted approach and a shocking development of a little cleavage. These Patterson women grow up too fast for me.
Panel 5: 2 “Press”s this time, as Meredith’s left arm is so strained it needs a rest or she is holding onto the table for leverage. Her eyes are closed again. I think I recognize what she is trying to make now. It’s one of those Incan Sun God heads. Oops. Loose hair on her left temple now. I am not sure if these forms in the clay are coming from the impending denture-as-clay-cutter joke, because I do not see dentures in Meredith’s hand as she is making bite-mark type alterations in the clay, and I would not think Meredith’s hand is large enough to obscure an adult’s dentures.
Panel 6: A mysterious voice from the side announcing her mother is there. Meredith looks up, even though the line leading to the balloon is down. I have no idea what Meredith is making here, but there are two sections that could be denture bite marks in the clay.
Panel 7: The low-hanging voice to the side is now telling Meredith to say goodbye to great-grandpa, who appears to be sleeping through Meredith’s visit and since he is dressed in pajamas and in bed, it doesn’t look like a casual, short nap.
Panel 8: A silent panel as Dee, with keys in hand, and Meredith in a coat, despite the fact she was in short sleeves before, depart from Iris. Pattersons seem to love to wave at each other from a distance when they leave places. For some reason, they just can’t say goodbye and walk away. There has to be that final wave. Since Robin is not with them, then what is the situation we have here? Deanna has to drop Meredith with Jim and Iris, because Elly is not available? Because Elly wanted to spend time with Robin by himself, and not Meredith? Because Robin is too sick with ear infections to be with the elderly? And why would this happen anyway? Deanna works in Milborough, but doesn’t live there, so she wouldn’t leave Meredith there, while she was at work. She has paid day care. The only reason I can think for this is that Meredith could probably sneak away and put back Jim’s dentures without disturbing Jim, but Robin couldn’t.
Panel 9: Jim says, “Whew! Now that my great grandchild has left, I can get up and put on my glasses and put in my teeth. I so glad I slept through her visit. But wait! My dentures taste funny.” I think the denture holder says “Chopper Hopper” which I find amusing. I wonder what kind of sound Jim made to attract the extremely concerned-looking Iris. My guess is a string of obscenities.
Panel 10: There’s the punch line. Desperate for a means to cut that tough modeling clay, Meredith decides, that instead of going to Iris and asking for cutting tools, or cookie cutters, she will instead sneak Jim’s dentures out of the Chopper Hopper and use them instead. I am not sure why she would do this because it requires a special effort to remove them and put them back without waking Jim and frankly it would be pretty hard to use dentures to cut modeling clay. To go to all that effort tells me something else is motivating Meredith aside from the desire to cut clay. I think it’s revenge. Revenge at Jim for ignoring her, perhaps. After all, in the strip Meredith has been to visit Jim at his place only 3 times and 2 of those times he has fallen asleep. Little Meredith, fed up with his rudeness, says to herself, if great grandpa falls asleep on me one more time, he’s getting the modeling clay treatment. Bwah-ha-ha! She is a devious one. We are going to have to watch out for this girl. She’s only 3 and already she is smarter than most, if not all, of the Patterson women.